Forget about waiting 40 weeks to find out the sex of your baby. Practically since the beginning of time, moms-to-be and the people who love them have come up with ways to try to figure out if that bun in the oven is a girl or a boy. This semi-invasive procedure is a slam-dunk way to know your baby's gender for sure, but because of the small risk of miscarriage your doc probably won't green-light it for curiosity alone. Generations of women swear that a quick fetal heart rate — about beats per minute or above — signals girl, while below that equals boy. One theory is that baby girls are supposedly smaller, thus their hearts beat faster. Randell is quick to debunk this one.
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Ultrasounds have a variety of purposes during pregnancy, but the use that often receives the most attention is its ability to reveal the sex of the baby. Some parents-to-be can't wait to find out whether they're having a boy or a girl, while others choose to put off knowing the sex until birth. Either way, a sonogram — the grainy, black-and-white image that results from an ultrasound scan — will be baby's earliest picture and a couple's first chance to see the developing fetus. Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce an image on a screen of the baby in the mother's uterus. The scans are typically done twice during pregnancy, but the one done between 18 and 22 weeks is when the sonographer ultrasound technician might identify the gender of the baby, if parents want to know.
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Typically, the ultrasound is done halfway through the pregnancy. The accuracy of the report will depend on many factors, including the age of the baby, the equipment used, the technician, and the baby. This theory states that if the ultrasound technician fails to find a penis the baby is automatically a girl.
Boy or girl? Here's everything you need to know about when you can find out the gender of your baby through ultrasound. This is one of the most common questions doctors get from parents-to-be.